EM-POWERING SOUTH AFRICAN LEARNERS

Sungrid Group joins forces with Intel and other leading IT companies to change the face of local education

 “Education is one of South Africa’s key priorities,” says Paul Lombard, Regional Manager (Gauteng), Sungrid Group, with access to regular power critical for both the implementation of effective education as well as new technologies and content. However, the sad reality is that far too often schools, particularly in rural areas, are faced with the daily challenge of an irregular or interrupted power supply and in extreme cases, often no power at all. “To change this would require massive investments in infrastructure,” continues Lombard, far beyond the means of those who need it most.

As developers, manufacturers and distributors of a full range of portable (solar) power and lighting products, Sungrid Group is committed to changing this. “South Africa, and Africa, receives extraordinary high levels of sunshine as well as the highest levels of solar energy compared to any other continent,” says Lombard. “Converting it into usable power for IT development, and education, is a logical step.”

Together with the likes of Intel, and other leading IT companies, Sungrid Group’s involvement in the educational leg of the government mandated Operation Phakisa seeks to grow ICT based education in schools through the use of renewable energy. “A regular and consistent power supply, together with access to mobile devices and other technologies, brings with it huge opportunity to transform education both locally and throughout Africa,” says Lombard. “Our goal is to reach all e-learning programmes, education boards and government ministers in order to showcase, and prove, the vital role that renewable energy has to play in today’s education crisis.”
Its flagship product, the Ecoboxx 1500 (a revolutionary portable solar generator able to provide up to 350 hours of uninterrupted power), is capable of powering a quality technology infrastructure for schools with no power, whilst also providing a reliable back up for those whose power supply is inconsistent. This will allow for technology driven projects essential to the expansion and improvement of education.

A proof of concept, already underway at Kgaphamadi High School, Bosplaas North West (Department of Basic Education), is successfully providing a much higher level of education to learners, improving both pass rates and attendance. Due to ‘always on power’, access to Wi-Fi and the internet is now a daily reality with learners exposed to new and relevant content. This is aiding skills development for both learners and teachers alike.

But, the benefits do not stop there. Sungrid Group’s wide range of products are able to offer renewable energy solutions across most scenarios. “We have a solution for each and every kind of portable power requirement,” says Lombard. “The sky, literally, is the limit.”
To find out how portable solar power can ‘em-power’ your latest project, contact us today on
021 447 6849 or info@sungridgroup.com.

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